Updates

  • 6/27/2022

  • Removed - CEFX 6002 - SOO Paint
  • 6/25/2022

  • Added - CN Ex-CREX ES44AC purchased in early May (CN2750-2796)

  • 6/21/2022

  • Added - BNSF542 - ATSF Warbonnet
  • 6/20/2022

  • Added new web cam by RailfanAz.com at Kingman, AZ

  • 6/19/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 197 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted 

  • 6/17/2022

  • Added - KCSM4721 - Bicentennial U.S. - Mexico
  • Added - BNSF4729 - Frankenbonnet
  • 6/14/2022

  • Added - ATSF 5704 - Bicentennial. 

    Please note reporting is locked on this unit until it starts its journey west.  Please contact support when this occurs.

  • 6/12/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 171 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 6/11/2022

  • Added new web cam by Steel-Highway.com at Grinnell, IA

  • 6/9/2022

  • Willcox, AZ by RailfanAz.com
    Fort Worth, TX (Central Station) by Trinity Metro

  • 6/7/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 168 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 5/31/2022

  • Wanted to send a message that our server is currently running slower than normal.  Everything should resolve by 2-3PM EST today (5/31/22).   I'll update this note when everything is back to normal. 

    2:45PM EST - Everything is back to normal 

    Brian =)

  • 5/28/2022

  • Reactivate - AMTK662 - Phase III - Train Sim World 2.    This was a mistake on our part for removing this locomotive.  We received word that unit was unwrapped.   Many thanks to HU community for reaching out to provide support. 

    Brian =)

  • 5/26/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 163 & 179  - ATSF Bluebonnet (repainted)

  • 2 New Web Cameras Added - Tacna, AZ / Wilmot Tucson, AZ by RailfanAZ.com

  • Added - METX104 - City of Chicago
  • Removed - BNSF 1618 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • Removed - AMTK662 - Phase III - Train Sim World 2

  • 5/23/2022

  • Added - AMTK708 - Phase III Empire Service
  • Removed - UP 6367 - SP Paint - Repainted

  • Added Web Cam - East Dubuque, IL (Steel Highway Railcams)

  • Removed - BNSF 186 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • Removed - BNSF 182 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 5/16/2022

  • Added - Mount Pleasant, IA - Web Cam by Steel-Highway.com

  • 5/5/2022

  • Added - NS5214 - NS High Hood
  • 5/2/2022

  • Added New Web Cam - Waycross, GA - VirtualRailfan.com

  • 4/30/2022

  • Changes Mobile App v3.15 
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    • Resolved issue where cards on the home view would act very sporadic.

    • Added experimental views of the routing of a train.  This will display as a button underneath a train symbol when viewing a report but... only if route data is available

      This is a feature that I've been working on for a very long time and currently is implemented on a majority of NS trains and a few CSX trains but note this is dependent upon a correct train symbol being assigned to report.    

      The server has calculated 'routing' of train symbols based on sub divisions, speed, way points, etc...   Note that we're still building out the routing matrix for each railroad and tweaking the algorithms.   This is experimental but thought I would provide the ability to view some of the routes as a preview as things mature.   

      Could there be a chance you see a route that doesn't make sense?  Absolutely;  but I would appreciate if you reached out to support and contacted me to let me know.  

    Please note that this release should be available within the app stores within next few days.

    Brian =)

  • 4/28/2022

  • Added 2 new web camera - Carroll, IA & West Liberty, IA - Steel Highway Railcams

  • 4/26/2022

  • This news is already a week old but CMQ9022 (SD40-2F) has been repainted into CP paint and renumbered to CP9022. 

    I debated if we should take these unique locomotives off once repainted and decided that we'll create a separate special category for just the CP SD40-2F units.  

    Brian =)

  • 4/24/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1765 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 4/22/2022

  • Changed the direction mode for the Monon sub division from East/West to North/South.  CSX changed the directions between the 2005 and 2008 timetables.   Many thanks to Christopher R. for reaching out to help identify the problem. 

  • 4/16/2022

  • Added - Winslow, AZ Web Cam - Owner https://railfanAZ.com

  • Added - NS5199 - NS High Hood

  • Added - WE7001,7009,7012 and 7014 - Operation Lifesaver

  • 4/9/2022

  • All UP sub divisions have been loaded along with mile post data.  This can be found within the mobile app > "More" > "Sub Divisions"

  • 4/6/2022

  • Added - BNSF1772 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 4/5/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1798 - BN Paint - Repainted

  • 4/2/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1647 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 4/1/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1607 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted 

  • 3/26/2022

  • WE5391 (Rio Grande) has been renumbered to WE5412

  • 3/23/2022

  • Removed - CMQ9010 - Central, Maine & Quebec - Repainted

  • 3/21/2022

  • Removed - UP 6290 - SP Paint - Repainted

  • 3/20/2022

  • KCS Business Units are unlocked for reporting.

  • 3/19/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1760 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 3/18/2022

  • Added - WE7011 - 50th Anniversary Operation Lifesaver
  • 3/17/2022

  • Removed - KCS 2846 - KCS Grey - Repainted

  • Removed - BNSF 1622 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 3/11/2022

  • The legacy Heritage Units app (v2.2) is no-longer supported for submitting reports as of 3/11/2022.  Please note that we'll be removing this legacy version from the app store with our next release.  Please upgrade to the version 3.0 which has been available for over 6 months now.  

    If you're one of the rare folks running this version and you're asking why?   As of 3/11/2022 - 99.9997% of the heritage units community are running version 3.0+ and we need everyone upgraded the latest version so we can implement new functionality. 

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits - Founder / Developer

  • 3/6/2022

  • We've added back the ex-NS8520 (DC to AC - Red unit) under it's new ownership of Knoxville Locomotive Works.    

    The unit's reporting marks are now KLWX 8520 and is supposedly on lease to CN.  A video of the unit was captured at the link below on CN L556.

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hExZ5Va8tQ

  • 2/14/2022

  • Added - NS5222 - NS High Hood
  • Added - CSXT940 - Crayola Unit
  • 2/12/2022

  • Added UP Kansas Area
    Added UP Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

    These can be found within the mobile app > "More" > "Sub Divisions"

  • Added - NS5210 - NS High Hood
  • 2/11/2022

  • We've added the remaining NS High Hoods that are currently active on the roster and not within storage.  

  • 2/10/2022

  • Removed - EMDX 1602 & 1610- EMD Demonstrator

  • Removed (Repainted) - BNSF 1645 - ATSF Bluebonnet 

  • 2/6/2022

  • Added UP Divisions (Areas) - Los Angeles and Sunset.  These can be found within the mobile app > "More" > "Sub Divisions"

  • Removed - BNSF 679 - ATSF Warbonnet - Scrapped

  • 2/5/2022

  • Added UP Divisions (Areas) - Salt Lake, Roseville , North Platte and Council Bluffs.  These can be found within the mobile app > "More" > "Sub Divisions"

  • Removed - SOO 4411, 4416, 4438, 4598 & DME 4002, 4004, 4006.  Currently being auctioned off. 

  • 2/2/2022

  • Removed - KCS 2906 - KCS Grey
  • 1/27/2022

  • Added - CN8898 - IPO - 25th Anniversary
  • 1/24/2022

  • Added - CP1001 - Hydrogen (Green/Blue/Gray)

    Added - CN3913 thru 3987 - Ex-Citirail ES44AC 

  • 1/19/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1997 - BN Paint - Repainted

  • 1/18/2022

  • Changes 3.12

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    (iOS) - Fixed an issue where notifications slowly stopped working as Apple updated to iOS 15.1/15.2 over the past few weeks.  Please note that iOS Version 13+ is required for notifications to work. 
    (iOS) - Added message to indicate if background fetch is disabled which is required for notifications to operate. 

  • 1/17/2022

  • Added - BNSF2920 - BN Paint
  • 1/11/2022

  • Removed - BNSF 1611 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • Added - CSXT4384 - Clinchfield Nose Paint
  • 1/2/2022

  • Added - BNSF2745 - BN Paint
  • 12/30/2021

  • Changes 3.11

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    (Android/iOS) - Fixed an issue where notifications may not have been working

  • 12/27/2021

  • Removed - UP 2010 - Boy Scouts - Repainted

  • 12/24/2021

  • The team at HeritageUnits.com wishes everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, & Happy New Year...

  • 12/23/2021

  • Added - CSXT6388 - Spirit of the West Point Route
  • Added - AMTK203 - Operation Lifesaver
  • 12/21/2021

  • Removed - BNSF 1629 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • Added Oregon, IL Web Cam - RailStream.net

  • 12/18/2021

  • Added Victoria, TX Web Cam (Jack's Carson's Railroad Videos) to the database

  • 12/16/2021

  • Changes 3.10

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    (Android/iOS) - Added the ability to turn on 24 hour time formatting  (More > Settings > Time Format)

  • 12/12/2021

  • Added - NJT4502 - Armed Forces
  • NS 8099 (Southern) Derailed last night on NS 20W. Reporting of the locomotive is suspended until repair work is completed. 

  • 12/9/2021

  • Added - AMTK662 - Phase III - Train Sim World 2 - Video can be see at this link

  • 12/8/2021

  • Added North Tazewell, VA web cam operated by Tazewell County Historical Society

  • 12/4/2021

  • Added Westfield, MA - Web Cam by Boston & Maine Live

  • 11/25/2021

  • If you're on the old legacy app (v2.5/2.6) then you'll start receiving a message to upgrade to the new app when attempting to submit a new report.  This is because the old app is officially deprecated and can no longer meet the new requirements of the system.  Upgrading is easy, just pop into the Google Play or Apple App store, find the Heritage Units app and click update.  

    Please note that 95% of devices are already running the latest version 3.x version.   

    Note if you're one of the handful of users running an Android OS version < 7.0 then you're in a pickle as I can't provide support for these devices due to the age of the Android operating system.  Technically you're still using the HU app v2.2 which is crazy old....  I highly recommend looking into purchasing a new phone (don't do it for HU app... do it for your own security as your android OS isn't updating with security patches like the new Android OS). 

    Brian =) 


  • 11/23/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.6 Released


    Changes
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    (iOS/Android) - Added ability to upload photos
    (iOS/Android) - Pull down refresh on home page
    (iOS/Android) - Sub Division Railroad list now sorts correctly
    (iOS) - Fixed a zoom issue on sub division maps when screen initially loaded
    (iOS) - Fixed issue with personalized ads initialization
    (Android) - Fixed Google Play Subscriptions where after the first renewal it could appear expired.  


    Please note that their may be a delay with iOS app store release as Apple is backlogged with app reviews during the holiday week.  

    Brian =)

  • 11/22/2021

  • Pere Marquette 1225 will be running between November 20th to December 19th.    Details can be found at https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/tickets-reservations

  • Added Lexington, KY Web Camera (hosted by Berkshire Trains)

  • 11/18/2021

  • Added 2 web cameras

    • Wyanet, IL
    • Rochelle, IL (VirtualRailfan)

  • 11/16/2021

  • The majority of the BNSF sub divisions have been loaded into the system.  This is mainly the milepost data with many more enhancements to come. 

    Note that sub division data can only be viewed via the mobile apps. 

    Brian =)

  • 11/15/2021

  • Added 5 web cameras within Iowa hosted by Steel-Highway.com


    • Washington, Iowa
    • Cedar Falls, Iowa
    • Muscatine, Iowa
    • Belle Plaine, Iowa
    • Iowa Falls, Iowa


  • 11/9/2021

  • (iOS 3.4) & (Android 3.5) Released


    • (iOS/Android) Prefill prompted even if no locomotives where selected
    • (iOS/Android) Styling tweaks on reporting view
    • (iOS/Android) Fixed map pinch/zoom issue when viewing sub division
    • (Android) - Fixed issue with notifications
    • (Android) - Added battery optimization notification on settings screen 


    Next release will be 3.6 (iOS/Android)


    • Adding pull down refresh on the home page
    • Sub division search page, railroad drop down list will sort correctly
    • More items to come


    Brian =)

  • 11/8/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.3 Released

    • (iOS) Fixed sporadic scroll on user's report history
    • (iOS) Fixed application failed to load on iOS 12.0 or older 

    If you wish to have the latest reports display on your home page.  Go to "More" > "Settings" and enable latest reports within the settings (near bottom)

    Brian =)

  • 11/5/2021

  • Added/renumbered CSXT3 in B&O Heritage. 

  • 11/4/2021

  • Added - CP8781 - Hapag-Lloyd - Saint John Express
  • 11/2/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.2 Released

    • Fixed issue where viewing a photo from search list going back it would reset the search
    • Fixed sort of railroad filter on the latest reports screen.
    • Clicking a link in the news will now open within the native browser

    If you wish to have the latest reports display on your home page.  Go to "More" > "Settings" and enable latest reports within the settings (near bottom)

    Brian =)

  • 10/30/2021

  • Added Web Cam - Fort Lauderdale, FL along FEC (Owned by Marine Industries Association of South Florida)

  • 10/28/2021

  • Complete rewrite of the Heritage Units iOS app is finally released and will be rolled out over the next week. Apologies for the delay but the new iOS 15 operating system roll out required a few code changes.  All functionality that was in the Android app will be available within the iOS app (including notifications).       


    Please note that notifications work on the iOS background fetch event controlled by the operating system. Unlikely Android where the application is allowed to check the server every "x" minutes (consistent behavior).  iOS operating system determines when notifications will be checked and is usually tied to user behavior and app usage


    Update 10/28/2021 - A few small bugs have already been found with the new app (3.0.70).  Related to erratic scrolling on the current reports, near by pages and where it appears the settings page is not recalling the last setting values.  All these items have been fixed and are getting queued up in the Apple Store.  When released the version # will be 3.1.71 or higher


    Brian =)

     

  • 10/25/2021

  • Amtrak 406 is back in service and reporting is enabled

  • 10/18/2021

  • Removed - BNSF 1770 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 10/17/2021

  • Added - AMTK197 - Big Game Train.  Please note this locomotive was in an accident yesterday.  The dramatic video can be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03NkGLVbQLA

  • 10/16/2021

  • Added 2 new web cameras to the database

    • Railstream.net - Marion, OH
    • Boston & Maine Live - Greenville, ME

  • 10/3/2021

  • Removed - FEC 104-107 - Florida East Coast Paint

  • Added Tehachapi Live Train Cams to the web camera database.

    Updated a handful of VRF YouTube links

  • 9/29/2021

  • Added - CP8757 - Every Child Matters
  • 9/17/2021

  • Amtrak 160 is out of the paint shop.  Link to Amtrak's twitter announcement

  • Added new Springfield, MA web cam

  • Added new Muscatine, IA web cam

  • NS 1074 is now reportable again as it's been spotted outside of Altoona, PA

  • 9/13/2021

  • Release of Android 3.0.61 - Released 9/12/2021

    • Performance Improvements

    I'm also actively working on the iOS version which is currently in testing and still on schedule for end of September pending no surprises arise.

    Brian =)

  • 8/31/2021

  • Android Version 3.0.56 - Released 8/31/2021


    • Ability to unmask password on login/registration. This will allow you to copy/paste complex passwords.
    • Can now search for sub divisions around your device (More > Sub Divisions > Map Icon top right)
    • Numerous small bugs/tweak

  • 8/29/2021

  • NKP 765 is now reportable again 

  • 8/26/2021

  • Android Release 3.0.54


    • Home Screen added Latest Reports (must be turned on in settings)
    • Web cams are now searchable when submitting a new report
    • Report Submission, fixed an issue with prefill

  • 8/25/2021

  • If you updated to the new HU android app (Android 8.1 or older) and received an object reference error or the application is failing to load.  I've developed fix for this issue (3.0.53) and will be publishing it to the store later today.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

  • I've released the Heritage Units Android App (3.0) to the play store.   

    • If you have a fatal issue where the application won't run please contact me at the support link (https://www.heritageunits.com/main/contact) and please be detailed to the issue that is occurring.  I will likely respond asking for screenshots if it's an error that I'm not a aware of as this will assist with faster resolutions.  Please be patient as I'll try to resolve any issues as fast as possible.  Note that application has been available for 48 hours and many folks are already updated to 3.0 and are using it to report locomotives. 
       
    • If you're running Android phone with the operating system (4.0 / 5.0) - Less than 0.6% of users.  Note that you're a rare bird and I still have the legacy version out there FOR NOW...  but it will be removed before 2022.  My recommendation is that it's time to upgrade your phone.    

      • If you're running Android phone with the operating systems (6.0 / 7.0) - Less than 4% of users .  Please note that these operating systems support is running thin and thus you may receive errors and I'll attempt to resolve them but I can't provide any guarantees.  Just like the 4.0/5.0 operating systems, it's recommended that phone upgrade be in your future.
         

      Brian
      HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

    • 8/22/2021

    • New Web Cam - Washington, IA

    • Added new web cam for Cinncinati, OH.  Note that camera does change directions but when faced east it will see the trains entering/leaving Cincinnati. 

    • 8/21/2021

    • New mobile apps are on the way... 

      These are 100% complete rewrites of the current version and address many issues the plagued the old one.  Below are a couple notes about the releases and their planned release dates.

      • Complete new UI experience.  
      • Fixed issues requiring frequent logins (note you will need a new fresh login with this new app)
      • Time zone issues when submitting reports
      • You can now set the leading locomotive if it's not a tracked unit.  In the current version you could only state "other" or select one of the reported locomotives.
      • Sub divisions / mile posts are now available.  We're actively building our database so this is experimental but will include radio frequencies, detector locations, etc... 
      • If a sub division is selected during a report, the train direction should match timetable directions (N/S or E/W) for the sub division.  We know some are confusing so we provide helpers per division.
      • Notifications within the app of when a locomotive matches your near by settings.
      • Many more...


      Rollout

      • Android app should start a staged rollout next week pending no issues arise during our final testing.
      • Apple app should follow right behind with a mid- to-late September rollout.


      Not included (but coming very soon...)

      • Photo uploads


      Brian =)
      HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

    • Removed - KCS 2809 - KCS Grey
    • Removed - KCS 2844 - KCS Grey
    • Removed - KCS 2029 - KCS Grey
    • 8/14/2021

    • Updated the North East, PA web cam URL and set the owner to Lake Shore Railway Museum

    • 8/5/2021

    • Removed  (repainted) - BNSF 1608 - ATSF Bluebonnet

    • 8/2/2021

    • Added BNSF1594 (BN Paint)

    • 7/26/2021

    • Added Palmer, MA Web Cam by Boston and Maine Live

    • 7/25/2021

    • Added AMTK108 (Phase VI)

    • Added AMTK160 (Dash 8 Phase III)

    • 7/23/2021

    • Reactivated BNSF 9407

    • 7/16/2021

    • Added - BBLE862 (DMIR Paint)

    • 7/8/2021

    • Added VirtualRailfan.com Web Camera - Spartanburg, SC

    • 7/7/2021

    • Added Railstream.net Web Camera - Atlanta, GA

    • 6/30/2021

    • Added - AMTK301 - Day 1 - 50th Anniversary